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Jet loses tire during landing

September 09, 2009|Dan Weikel

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 with about 50 passengers on board lost a tire during landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, but the incident did not delay flight operations, although one runway was closed temporarily, authorities said.

LAX officials said Flight 341 from Las Vegas lost one of two tires on the right main landing gear after it touched down shortly before noon. The plane, which landed safely, stopped on a taxiway between the two northern runways at LAX instead of proceeding to the gate.

Officials said one of the two runways had to be closed for about an hour so passengers could be removed and taken by bus to the Southwest terminal.

The aircraft was towed off the taxiway by 1 p.m.

-- Dan Weikel

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